In Depth

  • Tony Abbott

    EU ignores SolarWorld, more Abbott strife and Sunpower CEO on the off-grid dream

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 22 August 2014, 14:06

    Catch up on the week’s top headlines in just two minutes, including an exclusive interview with SunPower CEO Tom Werner, multiple new fab announcements and all the latest in the solar trade disputes.

  • Next Energy News

    Introducing our new UK site…Next Energy News

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 20 August 2014, 10:51

    PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new site for the UK market: Next Energy News.

  • SunPower and Solar Impulse visit the NASDAQ.

    Trade spats continue but yield cos make everything better

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 15 August 2014, 11:18

    The week was bookended by two developments in the US-China trade dispute, with yield co-fuelled optimism in the middle and a debate on future of solar market royalty thrown in for good measure.

  • PERC

    PERC capacity hits 2.5GW and offers new technology buy cycle option

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 14 August 2014, 15:30 | 1

    Previously confined to the R&D labs and academic solar PV roadmaps, PERC based c-Si cell capacity upgrades are starting to have a tangible impact on the PV industry. Finlay Colville investigates the drivers, myths, opportunities and the impact of PERC on PV capex and module performance.

  • Deepak Verma managing director nv vogt

    PV Talk: Nv vogt’s Deepak Verma on the Philippines’ coming ‘solar wave’

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 14 August 2014, 11:07

    Last week, nv vogt, a joint venture between Germany’s ib vogt and India’s APCA Power, announced it is to build an unsubsidised 6.25MW solar power plant in the Philippines. Talking to PV Tech, its managing director, Deepak Verma, reveals why the Philippines is seeing the beginnings of a ‘solar wave’.

  • First Solar’s joy, SMA’s woes and the US war of words

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 08 August 2014, 10:53

    From a simmering row brewing over US trade duties to the varying fortunes of two industry heavyweights, PV Tech reviews the week in solar.

  • Free trade

    Dim prospects for a lasting end to solar’s trade wars

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 30 July 2014, 07:31 | 1

    The trade wars that have convulsed solar in recent years ultimately help no one. Ben Willis assesses the prospects for a permanent solution to a problem that has become a thorn in the industry’s side.

  • Trina

    Who can take advantage of the US anti-dumping decision?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 29 July 2014, 13:10 | 1

    Although the dust has yet to truly settle on the second US anti-dumping investigation and the preliminary findings, mainstream media and financial analysts are already undertaking a post mortem and trying to pick the winners and losers.

  • Olivier Schaefer

    PV Talk: How a global solar association could ease trade woes

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 29 July 2014, 06:27

    Olivier Schäfer, president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), tells PV Tech how a proposed global PV association, with Chinese and American participation, could help ease the sector’s trade disputes.

  • BRICS

    How BRICS bank can be a friend to solar

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 28 July 2014, 12:27

    A BRICS development bank agreed last week has been hailed as a potentially important new source of funding for solar. But as Lucy Woods writes, the BRICS nations will have to overcome some significant internal tensions first.

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